I See Beyond & The Hidden Disability Awards

Headway is leading the conversation in hidden disabilities and the challenge for each and every one of us to ‘see beyond‘. To live with any disability can be an enormous challenge but the public perception of disability is still broadly tied to the identification of visible difference, and those with a hidden disability are often not believed or understood because to others they “look good”. The I See Beyond campaign aims to change that.

Headway launched I See Beyond to bring the discussion of hidden disabilities into everyday lives and situations and help people to develop a more open-minded, non-judgmental outlook.  Often it can be that judgment that can make lives even more difficult and stressful for our clients with Acquired Brain Injury.

This scenario can cause great strains on the individual’s well being and on relationships between friends, family members and work colleagues. Many of our clients do not have visible disabilities at a glance, but for many, we know and see that every day their hidden disability can make life very difficult at home, at work or just out and about in their day to day lives. Some experience huge challenges and additional stress as a result of their disability as well as the added burden of people not believing them because they don’t ‘see’ anything wrong with them physically.

On 31 st August 2017,  Headway, Brain Injury Services and Support, and Epilepsy Ireland honoured six top companies based in Ireland for their excellence in dealing with hidden disabilities in the workplace at the inaugural Hidden Disability Awards. Hays Plc scooped the top award.

Representatives from Fáilte Ireland, Hays plc, iSupply Printing, Travelport Digital, Údarás na Gaeltachta and Virgin Media, gathered at the Conrad hotel Dublin to accept an award presented by sports broadcaster and former rugby player, Brent Pope, who has also suffered from a hidden disability.

All the companies honoured were a fantastic example of good HR practice and one that went above and beyond for employees living with a hidden disability.

For more information about  our I See Beyond campaign check out our website www.iseebeyond.ie. Please share the videos with your networks. Your support will help enlighten and educate others of the challenges people face in their daily lives.

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